From the Editor: Farewell, But Keep Reading

by Karen Goff October 25, 2016 at 11:30 am 46 Comments

Bob Simon and Karen GoffReaders –

I wanted to let you know this is my last week at Reston Now. I will sign off on Friday.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, I will start work at a new publication (more on that in a bit).

I want to thank you all for your readership, engagement and story tips over the last three years.

Many of you followed me to Reston Now from Reston Patch when we launched in October of 2013. Local News Now Publisher Scott Brodbeck created Reston Now after I convinced him Reston is a very, very newsy place.

More than 5.1 million unique visitors later, he has no doubts.

Since launching, we’ve been through countless development applications and the community push to save Reston National Golf Course (they succeeded). We’ve celebrated as Reston founder Bob Simon reached 100 and then mourned when he peacefully passed away 17 months later. We welcomed Metro’s Silver Line, watched it spur a new era in Reston development, and soon will fondly remember free parking at Reston Town Center.

You’ve used your imagination to “fill this space” on dozens of Reston retail vacancies (I am still waiting for a organic cafe/bookstore/children’s play space to wisely open). You’ve sent me breaking news photos, penned op-eds and helped people find their lost pets.

I have tried to answer, among other things, why the helicopter is overhead and why your power is out.

But it is time to move on. My new job is at the Washington Business Journal, where I will report on economic development. Before working at hyperlocal sites, I spent 23 years at newspapers. I am looking forward to the structure of being back in a newsroom.

Publisher Brodbeck is committed to keeping Reston Now running. There will be some interim writers and editors while he looks for a quality replacement. Please help all of them by continuing to read, engaging on social media, and sending story tips to [email protected]

I’ve lived in Reston for 19 years, so I will still be around town. I will be reading too. I need to know why the chopper is in the sky or what kind of traffic situation is going to mess up my new commute.


Karen Goff

  • ShadowHoodUpToNoGood

    So. Any chance you can unblock some of my IP addresses. I’m getting tired of using a different proxy every day.

    • Mike M

      Izzatchoo, Ming?

  • johnQPublic

    Thank you for doing such a great job keeping the news flowing around Reston. All the best

  • One Really

    Thank you! Always enjoyed your work (even though your a liberal). 🙂

    • Why do you bother?

      At least she can spell…

  • Matt

    We will miss you Karen. -Matt Cash

  • Best wishes to you, Karen, and thanks for all the hard work and great information. Your replacement has some huge (and fabulous) shoes to fill.

  • Anonymous

    Best of luck!

  • TheRealODB

    The King is dead. Long live the King.

  • Tom H

    Best of success in the new job Karen. Thanks for your work here on RestonNow.

  • RoadApples

    Thank you and best of Good Fortune at your new endeavor (which is indeed an excellent Journal).

  • Bdd Ddd

    Appreciate the work and time you’ve put in and I do hope that Local News Now continues to focus on Reston news! Best of luck to you, Karen.

  • Guest

    Thank you, Karen. Keep an eye on the sky!

  • Nate_VA

    Thank you Karen for all of your hard work. You will be missed! Best of luck with your new position!

  • vdiv

    Thank you for your hard work, and thanks for keeping us, the i-net trolls in check >:)

  • Guest 5751

    Thank you for everything…Reston Now is my go to for finding information!

  • Noelle

    oh no 🙁 sorry to see you go. I don’t think I’ll know what’s happening in Reston anymore. We will sorely miss you! Best wishes in your new gig and congrats.

  • Hate to see you go as you’ve done an excellent job. Luckily, I subscribe to the WBJ!

  • SSM2012

    Great writing but what IS the deal with the helicopters overhead? Bonne chance!

  • Leila Gordon

    Thank you for all the great coverage you gave to RCC. We appreciate this local news offering very much; it’s harder and harder to spread the word about events and opportunities for Reston to have fun. Your commitment and timeliness have been invaluable to us. We wish you all the best in your new job and I hope you will enjoy the respite from the “peanut gallery”.

  • Carol Ann Riordan

    Best of luck to you as you begin a new chapter in your career. You should be proud of your many accomplishments. You served your community well.

  • RuthieS

    Glad to know it wasn’t the snarky comments that drove you away. Will miss you!

  • TrollHunter

    Best of luck in your new adventure and thank you for the fine reporting that you have done.

  • Mookie Taylor

    Oh no! What will we do without you? Your replacement at Reston Patch was terrible!

  • Maggie Parker

    Well done!

  • Congratulations, Karen. You did a great job and as a result, Reston Now became the center of communication. Hats off to you and best wishes on your new job.

  • EliteinReston

    Reston owes Karen Goff a thank you for keeping us informed about the past, present and future of our dynamic community. We came to rely on Karen each day for fair-minded, smart coverage on everything from proposed developments to retail changes to school events to deaths of prominent Restonians to parking fees at Reston Town Center. I do not take for granted the contribution she has made to the betterment of Reston and her sacrifice of working long hours for relatively low pay. I hope Reston Now will continue with someone as good as Karen was. As a parting gesture, we should all chip in and pay her parking fees for life at Reston Town Center.

  • thebratwurstking

    Won’t be the same without you. Thank you and best of luck!

  • Congrats Karen
    You have been a great asset to the community.
    I feel bad for the sarcastic downers who will have to find someone new to beat up.
    Our loss is WBJ’s gain.

  • Greg

    Thanks for all your hard work and best wishes at the WBJ!

  • John Higgins

    Your contribution to the community, journalistic and otherwise, has been immense. Thank you for keeping us informed so well and for your efforts to maintain civility. Best wishes going forward.

  • John L.

    Good luck in what ought to be a cushy job after the hyper Reston role creating a new news model!

  • Nick. F

    Best of luck.

  • Why do you bother?


    Er….I mean………….Congratulations!

  • Robert Pew

    You have done a great job keeping us informed. Best of luck in your new venture.

  • 30yearsinreston

    Good luck – I’m sure you will do well

  • Mary Conaway

    Thank-you Karen, You made a difference! Wishing you the Best!

  • Mike M

    Wow, Karen. Congratulations! In a world where we are fire hosed with national and international news, you told us about what was going on where it really matters to us. I marveled at how you kept it up day after day, largely by yourself. You also gave us a very fine forum for sharing thoughts about it all with our neighbors. Thank you for all that. Blow out the windows at WBJ.

  • Jason

    We moved here exactly one year ago today and this site has been a great help in learning about the area and what it has to offer. Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Hatersgonnahate

    Congratulations Karen. You’ve been a great editor! Agree you’ve left a tough job to fill. Best of luck!

  • T.S.

    Thank you Karen. My best to you and your new position.

  • John Weis

    Thanks for making the local news informative and clear. Always thought you worked to serve the community in an active way. So sorry to see you leave but know you will do well.

  • Ken Fredgren

    Thank you, Karen, for your conscientious and caring attention to Reston and its people! I will miss you! Peace be with you.

  • Edward Calvert

    Thanks Karen ! Good luck!

  • Cindy

    You will be missed, Karen! Thank you for all you’ve done for the residents of Reston!

  • Chuck Morningwood

    You’re leaving us, Karen? Oh, man. Now who am I going to get to lock down threads?

    Good luck with your new adventure.


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